A great game becomes even greater for the next gen
With the Last of Us recently released on the Playstation 4 what better time then to talk about the game and share my thoughts. I will let you know before this that I am talking about the game as a whole and not just this version of the game. I know what you are most likely thinking – why should I care about the Playstation 4 version of the game when I have already played the Playstation 3 version and still own it? Is the game worth playing again on the new console? The answer to that is yes.
The story of The Last of us is a story of love and loss in a world thrown to the brink of chaos because of creatures known as the infected. This threat has made the world dangerous and has crumbled society right down to its core. Fear and evil are truly the only things that characterize this tale and the story of desperation is literally noticeable through the Last of Us. You play as Joel, who gets tasked with helping smuggle a young girl out of the city of Boston and transport her to a group known as the Fireflies. At the start of the game this seems like an easy task but things happen and the journey becomes a challenge that ties together the destinies of Joel and this young girl Ellie. These two characters that draw you into the game, as we see them struggle through their awkward relationship and go on a cross country journey. They work together to prove there is hope for a dystopian society.
The world of the Last of Us is certainly not a peaceful one. This is evident from the moment you first start properly playing, but it gets even more real as you continue to make your way through this world. You see struggles and things that truly make you think about yourself and how you would react in these characters’ situations. The world is no place for a kind heart and it is kill or be killed. For some this may be a turn off but it is in these themes that the Last of Us shines as it forces you to face your morality and carefully consider how far you are truly willing to go. This mainly comes down to a sense of responsibility you are tasked with caring for Ellie. Naughty Dog has finely crafted this idea of these two characters and their growing bond as the games main premise to urge us on even when things get tough.
It is time to be disappointed for those who enjoy the Last of Us. Those hoping for a new single player campaign through DLC for the Last of Us will be sadly disappointed as Naughty Dog has ruled out the possibility for future single player content in the Last of Us.
For those who play the multiplayer Naughty Dog has said they do plan on adding extra maps to the multiplayer and continuing to expand that. Community Strategist Arne Meyer told DigitalSpy that they plan on bringing out more multiplayer focused DLC. Details for all this are to be announced shortly. As far as Single player campaign DLC goes there has been a firm definitely not going to happen placed on it. Here are Meyer’s exact comments:
“We just wanted to say when we released the Remastered version, we know there’s a lot of DLC out there, and that we weren’t going to stop supporting both the PS3 and PS4 versions. We do have some DLC planned, it’ll be multiplayer focused. We’re not ready to talk about the details yet, but throughout the rest of the year we’ll have some DLC drops.”
It is sad they are not doing anymore single player DLC and are leaving the story with Left Behind, but as I see it maybe this is strategy and they want to be able to have story they can use for a future entry. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Getting the ending right in your game is as important as getting the correct beginning and on many occasions the way the game ends can ruin the game and really drag down an otherwise excellent game and with that finding the correct ending will help the player feel satisfied with a games conclusion. There have been many games over the years that have faced this issue Mass Effect 3 for one example is what I played recently and I was given a series of horrible endings that left me disappointed with any of the choices given. On a good note the way games like Bioshock and The Last of Us ended left the player satisfied because of the end result. To this day the words that ended Bioshock still ring in my head and make me happy. Often though we find that game developers don’t really strive to find a suitable ending and either pay the price for there mistake or just don’t care. Square Enix or Squaresoft as it was called back then is one company that while there more recent attempts with the Final Fantasy franchise have been met with failure they have tried to succeed in other ways. In Final Fantasy IX during the rising popularity of the franchise Square Enix actually changed the ending to the game six times obviously hoping to pull the best ending for the game possible, I have never played a Final Fantasy game let alone that one but I do hope they did succeed and there six changes led to the best possible conclusion.
The Last of Us is a popular game, it is the source of many discussions of the impact of story in a game and how good story telling can lead you to truly care about the characters, likewise it is also very popular sales wise. The sales figures for Naughty Dogs the Last Of Us on the Playstation 3 were brought up during a press conference today for the upcoming Playstation 4 game and as such I can say that over seven million copies of The Last of Us have been sold to consumers and in the long run that means that potentially a much higher number of people have actually experienced the game if you count families and you also count big time videogame journalists. Back to the point though the number of sales for the Playstation 3 version of The Last of Us have now exceeded the total sales records for a Sony owned IP which is quite an accomplishment and I would like to congratulate Sony on such a milestone.